Thursday, August 22, 2019

Tessellations by Rose Kulak

This afternoon I caught the tram to Johnson Street, Collingwood to view an exhibition at the BlackCat Gallery. 
Tessellation is a collection of  8 botanical contact print textiles, inspired by plant materials foraged from Darebin Parkland and surrounds. The parkland is a 33 hectares area of inner Melbourne bushland through which the Darebin Creek runs. 

 The parkland also contains the Spiritual Healing Trail - a gift from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community as a gesture of reconciliation.
 Near the start of the trail is a tessellated rock pavement on the creek bed - the inspiration  for the name of this exhibition. 
 Wool, silk, cotton, botanical contact print, hand stitched and mounted on A3 and A4 100% recycled cotton rag paper.
Botanical contact printing is a technique involving plant material, heat and pressure to create a mark on a substrate, in this case natural fibre cloths. The colours are the result of the reaction between the plants, the cloth and sometimes the rust from found objects. 

5 comments:

  1. You must have found these inspiring. The overlapping contact prints are really successful.

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  2. Amazing what can come from nature ... if you know how to do it.

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  3. Jenni when you first started the stitched meditations I wondered about them but you now have me completely hooked and fascinated and impressed with the growth of your ideas

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